Magnum XL-200


Cedar Point


May 6, 1989


Arrow Dynamics

Riders per hour



205 feet (62.5 meters)


195 feet (59.4 meters)

Top speed

72 mph (115.9 km/h)



Steepest Drop


Magnum XL-200 is an Arrow Dynamics sit-down hyper out and back roller coaster located at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. Built in 1989, it was the first complete-circuit roller coaster to break the 200 foot barrier. It is considered to have started the roller coaster wars, in which amusement parks competed to build the highest and fastest roller coasters. The coaster was voted Best Steel Coaster by the Golden Ticket Awards in 1998, 1999, and 2000.


Magnum XL-200 opened at Cedar Point in 1989 as the second tallest and fastest roller coaster in the world behind Moonsault Scramble. The coaster is located across from Top Thrill Dragster, in a shaded area of the park's midway section. It is the first ride one crosses when entering through the back entrance. Magnum is painted red with white trains. Its wait times are typically no more than 20 minutes as it has a high capacity.

Magnum is considered both a hyper coaster and an out-and-back roller coaster. The ride first ascends its 205 foot (62.5 meter) chain lift hill and drops 195 feet (59.4 meters) at a maximum speed of 72 mph (115.9 km/h). The train ascends another hill before dropping at a curve into a high-speed pretzel turn. The train then travels back through a series of small airtime hills and tunnels directly below the massive lift hill. An on-ride photo is taken in one of the tunnels before the train approaches the brake run and returns to the station. The coaster is praised for its long amounts of airtime, especially on its third hill, where airtime is said to reach up to 5 seconds. Parts of the ride travel through Cedar Point's waterpark, "Soak City" and its wave pool. The water slides are also visible throughout most of the ride.


Golden Ticket Awards: Best Steel Coaster

Year 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
Ranking 1 1 1 3 3 4 3 3 3 5 7 9 8 9


  • A rumor was once started as an April Fools' Joke that Magnum was sinking due to unstable ground and was to be dismantled and sold to another park. The rumor quickly spread over the internet and has since been denounced by Cedar Point.
Preceded by

Dragon Mountain

World's Tallest Complete-Circuit Roller Coaster

May 1989–May 1994

Succeeded by

Pepsi Max Big One

Preceded by

Great American Scream Machine

World's Fastest Roller Coaster

May 1989–May 1991

Succeeded by

Steel Phantom

Preceded by

Great American Scream Machine

World's Fastest Complete-Circuit Roller Coaster

May 1989–May 1991

Succeeded by

Steel Phantom

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